mckstud2 (3) - USA - JUN 5, 2006 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’m partial to this beer, as it was the one that opened my eyes to fine international beers. Aside from all that, this is a very tasty beer with a great blend of body and lightness. Pours a nice light gold, very full head. As others have commented, there is a definite apple aroma/taste here. I haven’t experienced the "floaties" that MrEcted1 spoke about. This is a must-try for any beer taster.
MrEcted1 (144) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - JUN 4, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a bad Belgian beer at all, but a bit lacking when compared to other world-class Belgian beers. Pours a burnt yellow, maybe closer to gold color. Starts out looking quite clear when compared to others in this class, but as you near the bottom of the bottle you will see rather large floaties swirling around. When poured a decent head comes out but it dicipates rather quickly and is quite weak with the lacing. Tastes strongly of apple juice, yeast and some sharp peppery flavor comes through as well. Other estery flavors come through as well, but apple dominates. Not as carbonated as most other Belgians in this category. Far from a drain-pour but quite average. I must note though... With Belgian beers I always carefully drink the beer until I get to the last couple ounces, I swirl this little bit left as a last drink. I must say, the last drink (my friends and I call it the spider) is VERY good in this beer.
timtheenchanta (70) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JUN 4, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear golden yellow liquid topped with bleach white fluffy foam. Plenty of lacing down the glass.
Spicy alcohol nose with a big yeasty followup. Some fruity undertones finish the smell nicely.
Fruity apple taste to this one. It’s a bit sweeter than I expected. Yeasty taste kicks in and is overtaken by peppery alcohol.
Smooth fluffy mouthfeel that finishes dry and warming.
eaglefan538 (2925) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An enjoyable Belgian strong ale, this one was almost like a tripel (but lower in hop content). A very strong candy sugar flavor came across with a semi-fruity (but subtle) and peppery flavor. The alcohol was hidden well. The head was large, but disappeared quickly, while leaving behind a good lacing.
snowden719 (130) - USA - JUN 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2006 Golden color with a very nice white forthy head. Slight spice aroma with no hops aroma. Medium body. Slightly flowery, apple taste. Medium spicyness, medium sweetness, medium to low bitterness, although the flavor isn’t cloying. Very nice finish.
Gus (29) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JUN 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very fruity smell with very low hops presence. Somewhat of a off yellow in appearance. Off white head with laceing down the sides of the glass. A fruity type of taste, somewhat of a semi-sweet taste. Medium in bitterness, no harsh aftertaste. Goes down smoothly leaving a very light dryness in your mouth. High carbonation, very bubbly. This is my first strong belgian ale. Will drink this again, but will look into other similiar styles.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - MAY 31, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Alcohol burn that calmed abit as it warmed, yeasty, fruity spiciness to this one, drinkable, but I would like it to be abit better balanced. Ok, I’d drink it again.
Lowe1983 (1377) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy gold color with a thin white head. Aroma is of yeast, citrus, and earth spices, and some floral aromas. Flavor is strong with the citrus and floral hops. Hints of spices towards the end that leave a nice bitter finish. Very delicious brew.
rebelbrewer (125) - Lithonia, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Brick Store Pub and served in an “official” glass. This was a clear gold color and topped with an inch of creamy dense white head. The head was slow to diminish and left spotted lacing on the glass. This had a very nice floral aroma to it. The taste was of citrus and balanced with caramel malts. Quite tasty.
jde123 (766) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 20, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
BOttle, pours amber with a large fluffy head, somewhat bland aroma not really what I was expecting somewhat yeasty and citrus-y like a witbier. The flavor was a little medicinal, a bit biting as well in the back of the throat. I understand the hype around this beer, but I don’t think I would get it again, just doesn’t appeal to me.